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Tony Gwynn: 60 things to know on what would have been his 60th birthday

There was an occasion, maybe three years before Tony Gwynn’s 2007 induction to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, when it was brought to his attention his autograph on a baseball was selling for $129 online.

Gwynn just shook his head.

“My autograph can’t be worth anything,” he said. “I’ve signed for everyone.”

Probably three times over.

Gwynn was so accessible throughout his 20-year career with the Padres and for more than a decade thereafter when he returned to San Diego State to coach the baseball team, that seemingly every San Diegan — not to mention many baseball fans across the country — had his signature.